Eiffel Tower Photos

Posted on Mar 31, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  2 Comments

The Eiffel Tower, or “Tour Eiffel” as it’s known in French, celebrates its 125th birthday (or is it anniversary…it doesn’t seem like inanimate objects are “born”) today. Either way, happy 125 years of existence, Eiffel Tower! The Eiffel Tower opened in 1889, and immediately became the iconic symbol of Paris, and a tourist destination for […]

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Review: Is Tuzigoot National Monument Worth It?

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Points of Interest  •  3 Comments

If you’re visiting Sedona, Arizona, you might consider taking a side-trip over to nearby Tuzigoot National Monument. This post covers whether Tuzigoot National Monument is worth the time, along with what to expect there to help you decide if you should visit the Tuzigoot ruins. First, let’s cover getting there. From Sedona, Arizona, it’s about […]

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Park Hyatt Toronto Review

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  No Comments

Park Hyatt Toronto Yorkville is a luxury hotel in downtown Toronto, Canada with a contemporary design. This review features photos of the guest rooms, common areas, the view from the hotel, some notes about the location, and our thoughts on whether the Park Hyatt Toronto is worth the money. This Park Hyatt is located in […]

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The Ahwahnee Hotel Photo Tour

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  2 Comments

The Ahwahnee Hotel is the flagship National Park lodge at Yosemite National Park, designed with a careful blend of rustic architecture and luxury. It’s a National Historic Landmark that was designed by architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood. The Ahwahnee is located below the Royal Arches rock formation in a meadow area that was a Native American […]

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Things To Do In Grand Canyon National Park

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  8 Comments

Here are my tips for visiting Grand Canyon National Park, and our top 10 things to do at the Grand Canyon. This post specifically covers the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, which is where over 90% of visitors to Grand Canyon National Park go. (The South Rim is the side closer to Phoenix, Arizona […]

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Cool Japanese Vending Machine Beverages

Posted on Mar 11, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Reports  •  14 Comments

If you’ve visited Japan, you know the Japanese love vending machines. In Tokyo, there is literally a beverage vending machine on every block, and in most cases, more than one. These vending machines offer a wide variety of beverages, from delicious bubble gum flavored soda to hot coffee, to an odd assortment of drinks in […]

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Photomatix 5 Review

Posted on Mar 9, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Photography  •  18 Comments

Photomatix 5 is HDR photo editing software for fusing or tone-mapping multiple exposures into a single, high dynamic range photo. This Photomatix review details the pros and cons of the latest version of Photomatix, with screenshots from the program and sample photos that I’ve edited using Photomatix. All of the photos here have been processed […]

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Conrad Macao Review (Macau, China)

Posted on Mar 6, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Hotels  •  1 Comment

The Conrad Macao Cotai Central hotel is a 5-star luxury hotel located in Macau, China. At present, it is the #1 rated hotel (out of 82) on TripAdvisor for Macau. The hotel touts itself as a multi-award winning destination hotel in Macau, perfect for discerning travelers. It has a range of amenities from fine dining […]

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Things To Do In Rocky Mountain National Park

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 by Tom Bricker  •  Tips  •  13 Comments

This post covers our tips for visiting Rocky Mountain National Park, and our top 5 picks for things to do in the park. Located within driving distance of Denver, Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the best ‘getaway’ National Parks you can visit. Its main park loop is easy to navigate providing short […]

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